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04/09/2012





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Welcome to my SparkPage! I'm 37 years old, married to an amazing woman, and I have a 3 year old daughter and a 10 month old son. The past three have been the hardest and most wonderful of my life. Being a parent is awesome, I truly believe that being a Dad is what I was put on earth to do.

I'm here because I've struggled with my weight since leaving college and getting a desk job some 12 years ago. Then about 5 years ago I quit smoking and I got even heavier. I did the WW thing 2 ...
Welcome to my SparkPage! I'm 37 years old, married to an amazing woman, and I have a 3 year old daughter and a 10 month old son. The past three have been the hardest and most wonderful of my life. Being a parent is awesome, I truly believe that being a Dad is what I was put on earth to do.

I'm here because I've struggled with my weight since leaving college and getting a desk job some 12 years ago. Then about 5 years ago I quit smoking and I got even heavier. I did the WW thing 2 or 3 times with varying levels of success, but each time I would lose interest, stop tracking, and lose sight of what healthy eating is.

So I came to a point in my life where I really needed to make a change and set a good example for my daughter. I don't want to be a fat Dad. I want to be a Dad that is thin, fit, and in good physical and mental health. And most importantly, I want to be here on this earth as long as possible and see my childrens' children grow up.

On January 3, 2012 I started using SparkPeople as a tool to help me reach my weight loss goals. I weighed in with a starting weight of 249 pounds. At 6'2" that meant my BMI was 32, which meant I was officially obese. In early February 2012, I had lost enough weight to get my BMI below 30, no longer obese, now simply overweight. And in late June 2012 I had lost enough weight to get my BMI below 25 and into the healthy range!

While on this journey I have realized that I can do anything I want to do. And so can you! It's all up to you. Be strong, focused and determined to make your dreams a reality, and they will happen.
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Member Since: 12/16/2011

SparkPoints: 16,822

Fitness Minutes: 3,853

My Goals:
Goal 1: 233 lbs - This gets my BMI below 30 and gets me out of the obese range. ~~GOAL MET~~

Goal 2: 219 lbs - This was my lowest weight in the 5 years prior to starting on SparkPeople. ~~GOAL MET~~

Goal 3: 199 lbs - Out of the 200's and 50 pounds down from my starting weight.

Goal 4: 194 lbs - This gets my BMI below 25 and into the healthy range.

Goal 5: 189 lbs - Out of the 190's and 60 pounds down from my starting weight.

Goal 6: 180 lbs - This is what I weighed in college.

My Program:
Calories in: I track everything I eat and keep the calories within my range while making healthy choices.

Calories out: Run at least 3 miles every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday. Take walks with the family whenever possible.

Personal Information:
Age: 37
Height: 6'2"

I live in the Triangle area of NC and I work for Duke University. I've been married 4 years and I have a 3 year old daughter, and a 10 month old son.

Other Information:
In moments of doubt, close your eyes and imagine yourself a year from now, then get back to work.

Get comfortable with being uncomfortable.

"Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude."
- Thomas Jefferson

"I know the price of success: dedication, hard work and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen."
- Frank Lloyd Wright

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit."
- Aristotle

"If you aren't going all the way, why go at all?"
- Joe Namath

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SPARKONSKATES
1/5/2014 8:56:12 PM

Happy New Year Michael !! Hugs, Hoping 2014 brings you many blessings and good health



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SCOTTK3000
1/1/2014 10:58:15 PM

Happy New Year! Yes, I will hit you up to jam if I'm ever in your area. I'm in New Hampshire.



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BOBCATGIRL76
12/12/2013 11:04:16 AM

How cool! You will probably give us a run for our money. We were lucky to get in this year with just a 7-5 record, but we won our last two bowl games. Unfortunately, this will be the first year JD is not playing so it will be hard to watch the game home on TV, instead of in sunny Florida but good luck and may the best team win...GO BOBCATS! :)



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BUDRFLY31
11/24/2013 9:21:12 PM

Wow, what a game today!! Even though I am a huge, huge Duke fan, there is one team that is higher on the list, that being UVM. I grew up in Vermont, still live here and UVM is my Alma Mater. It was going to be a win for me either way. I am so proud of our UVM men! One extrastep lost it for them! Coach K. will never, ever underestimate UVM again! My only wish was that I was in Durham to watch it live. I doubt that the match up will occur in a very long time. Not only that, but I had to listen to the game on the UVM radio because we don't get ESPNU on our cable network! I have since watched a good number of the post game videos. Anyway, Go Duke, I mean UVM, no I mean Duke....!!!!

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SPARKONSKATES
11/21/2013 8:11:24 PM

emoticon for the nice comment Michael it's nice to hear from you. Hope all is well
emoticon on your weight loss emoticon Keep kicking butt emoticon



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